Nelson, Jerome G.
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Jerome G. Nelson, age 90, of 2516 6th St., Two Rivers, was called home to heaven on his 90th birthday, February 5, 2013.
Jerome was born February 5, 1923, in Peshtigo, a son of the late Otto and Elsie (Schultz) Nelson. He attended St. John's Lutheran Grade School, graduated from Washington High School with the class of 1942 and attended Louisiana State University as a member of the Army Specialized Training Program. Jerome served in the US Army from February 5, 1943, until his honorable discharge on November 19, 1945. During his service he was a member of the 99th Infantry Division in the European Theatre that saw action in the Battle of the Bulge. He was honored with a Bronze Star Medal, three Purple Hearts and a Combat Infantry Badge during his service. Jerome was a postal carrier with the United States Postal Service for 38 years, retiring in 1985. He served on the Manitowoc County Board of Supervisors from 1984 to 1992, was a lifelong member of St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church, a member of VFW Post #1248, American Legion Post #165, Disabled American Veterans Chapter #24, National Association of Letter Carriers Branch #1345 and was active with the Two Rivers Veterans Honor Guard.
Survivors include his wife: Marian ""Mitzie"" Nelson, Two Rivers; three sons and two daughters-in-law: Larry and Kathie Nelson, Manitowoc, Chuck Nelson, West Bend and Randy and Julie Nelson, New London; two daughters and a son-in-law: Joy and Mark LeClair, Sherwood and Rachel Nelson, Two Rivers; grandchildren and great grandchildren include: Dan Nelson, Rachel LeClair, Heidi Nelson and her son, Trenton, Amanda LeClair and her son, Isaiah. He is further survived by his step children: Linda (Denis) Stewart, Montello, Claire Hanson (Donn), Ellicott, Col., Beth (Rick) Kolbeck, Manitowoc and Gary Ruskewicz; step grandchildren include: Brian and Brenda Stewart, Chad, Ryan (Jenn) and Clint Hanson (Alisha), Craig (Cathy), Tim, Nick and Brittany Kolbeck and step great grandchildren: Dylan, Josh, Ellie, Josh, Sarah and Tyler Hanson, Devon, Cassidy, Bryce, Caitlyn and Brianna Kolbeck; brother and sister-in-law: Gerald and Dawn Nelson, Two Rivers; one sister and brother-in-law: Norma and Leroy Lutzke, Two Rivers; his in-laws: Adrea and Jim Miles, Judy Orlopp, Warren and Marilyn Lonzo and Regina Lonzo; along with nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by two sisters: Anita Nelson and Flora Roos; daughter-in-law: Diane Nelson, his father-in-law and mother-in-law: Lester and Mildred Lonzo and his in-laws: Preston Jones, Sr., Donald, Neal and Leslie Lonzo, Lucille Early and Dale Orlopp.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 9, 2013, at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 17th and East Park St., Two Rivers. Officiating at the service will be the Rev. David Arndt, with entombment at Knollwood Chapel Mausoleum, Hwy 310, Manitowoc. Military honors will be accorded immediately following the service by members of VFW Post #1248 and American Legion Post #165 of Two Rivers.
The family will greet relatives and friends at the church on Saturday morning from
9 a.m. until the time of service at 11:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Jerome's name may be made to St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Deja & Martin Funeral Chapels, 1506 18th St., Two Rivers, is assisting the Nelson family with funeral arrangements.
The Nelson family would like to thank the staff at Manitowoc Health & Rehabilitation Center, Dr. Yetter and Amy Schleunes for the care given to ""Jerry"" over the last four months. Special thanks to Rev. David Arndt and Rev. Daniel Walters for the many visits during Jerome's illness. Special thanks is also extended to the St. John's Church Quilting Club.
Deja and Martin Funeral Chapel
1506 18th Street Two Rivers, WI 54241
Published in Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter on Feb. 8, 2013